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MRSA Bacterium Is Not a Bug To Sneeze At

MRSA bacterium infections are difficult, and in some cases impossible, to kill. This bacterial strain is resistant towards many antibiotics, especially methicillin. The Staph. Aureus bacilli are affected very little by antimicrobial drugs and are therefore difficult to treat.

The bacteria that cause the MRSA infection are from the family of germs called Staphylococcus Aureus. Patients in hospital settings and nursing homes are especially susceptible to methicillin-resistant microbes. This is because they are situated close together (a common cause of Healthcare-Associated MRSA), and often have bed sores and open surgical wounds. Open sores are a breeding ground for the MRSA pathogen to develop. If left unattended or untreated for a length of time, methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus germs can grow into a flesh-killing infection, devouring the skin of its victims. Unfortunately, physicians are unable to tell which patients will respond to alternative treatments for this contagious skin staph infection, and which ones will not.

MRSA pictures are not pretty. Persons who have contacted S. Aureus bacterial infections may have MRSA symptoms that appear as open wounds with reddish skin around them, pimple-like bumps, boils, and oozing sores that need to be checked by a physician. If MRSA “bugs” are suspected to be the culprit, immediate medical attention is needed. By one estimate, 17,000 people afflicted with M.R.S.A. staph infections die on an annual basis. (continued below…)

There are some medical professionals that believe MRSA is the result of the medical profession’s overindulgence in prescribing antibiotics. This has set up MRSA to be a super-bug that cannot be fought by typical antibiotic drug treatments, especially methicillin and penicillin. Therefore alternative antibacterial treatments must be used.

Anyone believing they have been infected with S. Aureus germs needs to be proactive in his or her treatment. Insist on proper treatment by medical care workers and physicians. Make sure they do not dismiss it as an ordinary infection that can be eliminated with common antibiotics. Reprimand hospital workers and nurses that do not properly wash their hands before changing the dressing on your wounds or take MRSA precautions. Good hygiene and properly-dressed sores are key steps in preventing the spread of microbial staph infections on the skin.

You owe it to yourself to be active in the fight against staphylococcus infections that are resistant to methicillin or other antimicrobial drugs. This is not a typical infection that the doctor can just treat with minimal effort and ordinary medications. Concentrated effort to fight MRSA, education about staph bacterial infections, and good hygienic procedures are key to preventing the spread and infection of the MRSA bacterium.

Copyright 2008 by Doug Smith. All Rights Reserved Worldwide. Unauthorized Duplication Prohibited.

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